Archive for April, 2011

want: novak shirt from the serbia open store

April 26, 2011

Window shopping: TSF’s had its moments of “hunh?” with the hairstyles of Novak Djokovic — especially when he lets a buzzed head overgrow into Chia Pet territory — so we smiled upon seeing this shirt that is all about that. These are the goods being sold on-site at this week’s Serbia Open. (Flashback: An old shirt with a Nole-specific ‘do.)

Fingers crossed: We can only hope they dove off the deep end and actually printed this one.

Brackets: Nole headlines the night match tomorrow. He’ll go up against qualifier Adrian Ungur. OOP is below.

SERBIA OPEN – ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, 27 APRIL, 2011

CENTER COURT start 12:00 noon
B Kavcic (SLO) vs R Mello (BRA)

Not Before 2:00 PM
M Berrer (GER) vs [4] A Montanes (ESP)

Not Before 4:00 PM
F Lopez (ESP) vs [WC] F Gonzalez (CHI)

Not Before 8:00 PM
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [Q] A Ungur (ROU)
C Fleming (GBR) / D Martin (USA) vs S Gonzalez (MEX) / I Zelenay (SVK)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
S Devvarman (IND) / T Huey (PHI) vs [2] J Erlich (ISR) / A Ram (ISR)
Y Lu (TPE) / M Zverev (GER) vs F Ferreiro (BRA) / A Sa (BRA)
[4] O Marach (AUT) / A Peya (AUT) vs M Elgin (RUS) / M Kukushkin (KAZ)

Not Before 5:00 PM
[1] M Granollers (ESP) / N Zimonjic (SRB) vs K Nishikori (JPN) / L Zovko (CRO)

(image by Pedja Milosavljevic at serbiaopen.rs)

more on raptor nation

April 26, 2011

More info on the dino-themed shirts worn by the boys who vied for this year’s Easter Bowl. Raptor Nation‘s founded by the dad of junior Marcus Nalley. Their website’s still under construction, but accessible here.

(tip via ZooTennis)

one giant through, the other falls

April 26, 2011

Varying versions of that honeycomb pattern were on the Nike dudes as they showed up for clay events this week. JMdP wore the Green Apple version of the Showdown Movement tee during his first-round win at the Estoril Open, where he needed to beat Portuguese qualifier Pedro Sousa 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to advance. Delpo has a potential quarterfinal match against top seed Robin Soderling. Draw: Estoril Open.

Buy: Nike Showdown Movement Tennis Top, Green Apple and Tour Yellow, $55, tennisexpress.com.

And in Belgrade, John Isner‘s run at the Serbia Open ended abrubtly with his 6-4, 7-6 (4) loss to Ricardo Mello, who’ll next face Blaz Kavcic. He shares the same quarter as top seed Djokovic. Live scores: Get caught up on the happenings here.

(Isner image via serbiaopen.rs; Delpo image via Getty Images)

shirtless: tim smyczek

April 26, 2011

Anyone else ready to make this Donald Young vs. P-Mac story about Tim Smyczek instead? (Aside from Forty Deuce, we mean.) After all, Tim’s the guy who beat Young 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 in that USTA six-man playoff in Boca West to nab a wildcard spot into Roland Garros this year. FYI: Smyczek’s never played the French. On the women’s side, top seed Irina Falconi beat third seed Julia Boserup 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3.

More news: Dunlop announced today that they’re making Tim a part of their roster (though he’s been playing with their racquets even before the signing). His apparel and shoes are via adidas.

Shirtless: Here’s Smyczek getting sun and practice at this year’s BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. On the other side of the net: Ryan Sweeting. Enjoy!

(images by TSF)

spotted in the city: caro’s all in and mlb fan cave

April 26, 2011

Window treatment: The window spot has been up and down for Caroline Wozniacki — the face (and bod) for the Stella McCartney line — at the adidas store in SoHo. But she’s “all in” currently, sporting a big smile as spring brings about the French Open. 

It’s not for hibernating: We’re digging Major League Baseball‘s MLB Fan Cave, just a few blocks up from Caro’s corner spot on Broadway in Greenwich Village. The spot just opened below the new Blink Fitness and offers a “a first-of-its-kind immersive fan experience,” says MLB.com. Of course they’re watching games all day, but big-time players are dropping in on occasion and there is plenty of up-close-and-personal interactive activities for fans to experience. Two, no three, snaps to whoever thought of this gem.

City spottings don’t just happen in NYC. Have one? Send it to us. We love “fan” mail.

(images by tsf)

trophy watch: trophy-less shots of trophy winners

April 26, 2011

Their prizes come in faces: Don’t worry, we have shots of last week’s winners — Rafael Nadal and Julia Goerges — with their trophies after the cut, but how about those celebratory faces? I know, I’ve said this before with Rafa, but these two really look like they enjoy winning. Two very different storylines accompanied their respective wins: for Nadal, he is the man who no one can beat (or touch) and for Julia, she was the hometown hero who took out the world no. 1. Congrats, folks.

Oh right, and their trophies after the cut. (more…)

that painting is brill

April 25, 2011

Upper right corner, my friends. Nole posing next to his Pacific Life Open trophy. Amazing.

(God, how we miss that whale.)

This photo was taken during the ceremony held at this week’s Serbia Open in Belgrade to hand diplomatic passports to Ana Jovanovic, Bojana Jovanovski, Janko Tipsarevic, Nenad Zimonjic, Viktor Troicki, and Novak Djokovic.

“I am honored to promote to diplomatic service people who have contributed to the popularity of Serbia in the world,” said Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic. “There is not a single country in the world which wouldn’t be honored to have you as ambassadors.”

More: See the whole story at the Serbia Open site and the full gallery here.

(img by Pedja Milosavljevic via serbiaopen.rs)

tennis channel: soon for the comcast masses?

April 25, 2011

Tennis Channel and Comcast will go before the FCC Administration Law Judge today to settle a complaint filed by TC calling out the cable distrbutor for discrimination. TC execs want their network to join Golf Channel and Versus in Comcast’s basic tier offerings, but Comcast says it’s too expensive to set up. (Of course, Golf Channel and Versus are owned by Comcast.)

We’ll let you know when we hear of any updates.

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big brother nole

April 25, 2011

It’s almost a little creepy how omnipresent Nole is at the Serbia Open, no? Even when he’s not around, there’s a statue to take his place. If you remember, this is the terra cotta replica commissioned by the ATP for the players participating in the 2007 year-end championships. (Flashback: See all eight statues — for Nole, Ferrer, Federer, Gonzo, Kolya, Rafa, Gasquet, and Roddick)

Work it: All the Serbia Open fashion show pics here.

Work it: The singles draw has Nole, Troicki, GG Lopez, Montanes, Isner, Gulbis, Janko, and Pico as the top eight seeds. Draw: Serbia Open.

(image via serbiaopen.rs)

fashion focus: the claws come out at the easter bowl

April 25, 2011

We <3 Colette Lewis for being our eyes and ears in the juniors front. She was out in Rancho Mirage, Calif. earlier this month to cover the Easter Bowl, and snapped these pics of a Boys’ 14s EB champ Ernesto Escobedo wearing a brand we’ve never seen: Raptor. A few other highly ranked SoCal juniors were wearing these kits, too.

Read up: Colette’s Easter Bowl write-up.

Who’s the raptor? Anyone out there with more details about this brand? Write us back — we’d love to know!

(photos by Colette Lewis/ZooTennis)

photo feed: at dunlop, the lady has landed

April 25, 2011

The photos rotating at the Dunlop landing page include some awkward poses from Cibulkova, Almagro, and Verdasco — all posing with nature to promote the company’s Biomimetic line — but also this old-school photo of a lady holding wooden racquets. See some other images from their archives (along with a narrative of Dunlop’s history) here.

(screengrab via dunlopsport.com)

short balls: the sunday pull-out edition

April 24, 2011

Third is charming, at least for Rog: While he may be the world’s no. 3 tennis player now, Roger Federer is still living the high life. Credit Suisse, one of his sponsors, has a whole page dedicated to the Rog. A Mario Testino photo shoot? Doesn’t mind if he does. But more importantly: is that David Ferrer holding the reflector? Geez, Rog really does live it good.

Oh, how the weekend gets away from us: We certainly wish that we could spend our time wasting away in a coffee shop all weekend, but that never actually seems to be the case. A lovely lament from a real-life barista on Thought Catalog on why hipster barista give you an eye roll when you chirp out your order.

Simon, singing: If you are still in love with the trashy brilliance that is Bravo‘s “Real Housewife” series, then you’re probably soaking up the first few glorious (hideous?!) episodes of the New York installment over the last few weeks. But here’s something for everyone … er, NO ONE. Simon, hubby to one Alex McCord, has a single. Yep, it’s called “I Am Real” and as far as we can tell, none of it is real. Or really him. Or really good, whatsoever.

Click the image below to listen. More: Tennis-inspired music on TSF

Donald’s middle finger gets tweet-happy: Good Friday has never been better for Donald Young. The American journeyman, once a hot commodity for the “future of American tennis” has always had a rocky relationship with the USTA because of reportedly over-zealous parents and a poor work ethic. Now we’re guessing his aforementioned relationship is plainly non-existant after this tweet on Friday, which was followed by an apology and then — deletion of his account. “Fuck USTA!! Their full of shit! They have screwed me for the last time! #enoughsaid” – Donald Young at 5:01:14 pm ET Apr 22nd

Patrick McEnroe‘s supposed response? Not. Happy.

Tina Fey? Is, well, brilliant.

Draw(n) conclusions: A few musings from the draw of the USTA Pro Circuit event in Dothan, Alabama. (1) Stephanie Foretz Gacon, once ranked as high as no. 63 in the world (now no. 145) reaches the final. (2) Michelle Larcher de Brito, once of grunting infamy, wins five games in a first-round loss. She’s still Portugal’s no. 1 gal at no. 174. No reports on how loud she is now that she’s outta the top 100. (3) Alexandra Stevenson, 12 years after her run to the Wimby SFs, wins two matches before bowing out in straights to eventual winner, Melinda Czink. Stevenson is now ranked no. 250 and has won one WTA-sanctioned match this year (compared to zero last year). (4) Americans were 8-9 overall, mostly thanks to Stevenson and a run to the semis by Allison Riske.

Big props for DFW: The Infinite Jest author David Foster Wallace, who committed suicide in 2008, is getting rave reviews for his piece of work released posthumously, an unfinished manuscript called The Pale King.

Read: DFW’s NYT piece on Federer — a ‘religious experience’

Melzer’s tour BBF? That’d be Philly Petzscher: Following his jaw-dropping win over Roger Federer in Monte Carlo, the ATP had Jurgen Melzer take FB Qs from fans. Our fave exchange is here: Question: Since you stopped wearing your White Adidas hat, you’ve gone on some great runs. Any coincidence? -Nick Leone, United States Melzer: Well… maybe! I thought I was practising really well without the hat so I was a little superstitious in Monte-Carlo, so I stopped wearing it and it went well. Until I start to have a losing streak, I will take the hat away.

The many freaked-out faces of Klaus Goerges: We’re loving this video that Stephanie Myles of the Montreal Gazette put together of Julia Goerges father, using screen grabs from the TennisTV.com livestream. Click Klaus’ frowning face below to watch the whole hilarious thing.

Swinging out: On OutSports.com Cyd Ziegler writes about Bowdoin College’s openly gay tennis coach Colin Joyner and his push for the acceptance of LGBTQ athletes at the collegiate level. Prompting this was the story of openly gay Bowdoin lacrosse player Ben Chadwick. A tough tale: “When Joyner heard about Chadwick, he harkened back to his time as the only openly gay male athlete on campus. It was a lonely time for Joyner in many respects, and he didn’t want Chadwick to be the only one anymore.” Therefore, Joyner started Anything But Straight in Athletics (ABSA) “to help closeted athletes come out by dismantling homophobia in Bowdoin athletics.”

Contributing from Benjamin Snyder

(Federer screengrab via Credit Suisse website; Simon screengrab via NYMag.com; Goerges screengrab via the Open Court blog on MontrealGazette.com)

venus’ smooth transaction

April 24, 2011

Portfolio boost: Who’s the newest smoothie gal in town? That’d be one Venus Williams. The American signed a letter of intent to open five D.C.-area Jamba Juice stores, the first of which is said to open its doors sometime this summer. We tapped the illustrative genius of Troy Venechanos to help us begin to formulate what sort of customer service skills V might bring to the cash reg. “Would you like a free boost with that?”

(tsf illustration by Troy Venechanos)

sunday survey: after a goerge(ou)s week, what’s next?

April 24, 2011

Pretty in (dirt) red: Julia Goerges took a happy tumble after her epic run in Stuttgart this week, the German breaking through for a title win by a home-grown German girl for the first time since Anke Huber won the event in 1994. Not only did Goerges win Stuttgart, she also banked $111K, a sports car and beat world no. 1 Caroline Wozniaki for the first time in three tries, 7-6 (3), 6-3.

More Julia: TSF’s teal top love

It got us wondering: Who’s next on the WTA to go big-time? Petko? Yanina? Julia?! Vote below.

(image via Getty Images)

photo feed: david ferrer

April 23, 2011

AKA the only other person aside from Juan Monaco whose hair can grow out without getting complaints from us. (Sorry, Andy Murray!)

BTW Ferrer (d. Almagro 6-3, 6-4) will play Nadal (d. Ivan Dodig 6-3, 6-2) in the 2011 Barcelona Open final tomorrow.

(image via Getty Images)

any reason to bring up anke huber? <3

April 23, 2011

Julia Goerges became the first German finalist at the WTA stop in Stuttgart since Anke Huber (!!) got there in 1996. She upset Sam Stosur 6-4 3-6 7-5 to book a spot in the final against Caro Wozniacki.

Also of note is how cute she looks as a Nike mascot in the tank version of the current Maria Sharapova collection — that teal tank is part of the same line as the gold-trimmed dress on Masha herself. Yes, we said tank because that skirt is non grata in our book; looks like something Alexis Mateo would’ve dreamed up on this season’s run of “Rupaul’s Drag Race,” no?

Bone up: All the Stuttgart news that’s fit to publish — at the event’s site.

Buy: Nike Maria Sharapova Statement Tennis Tank, $60, tennisexpress.com.

(image via Getty Images)

almagro climbs his way into the top 10

April 23, 2011

Nicolas Almagro came up short in the all-Spanish semifinal at the 2011 Barcelona Open, losing to David Ferrer 3-6, 4-6. It puts an end to another great run for Nico and puts Ferrer in his second final against Rafa Nadal in as many weeks. (They two duked it out for the Monte Carlo title, with Nadal prevailing.) But Almagro shouldn’t feel too bad: he’ll enter the ATP top 10 for the first time in his career when the rankings are released on Monday.

Stepping it up: Reebok‘s playing with prints again after keeping with solid polos to start out Nico’s year. Now there are white and teal colorways of the current crew done up with pseudo-trapezoidy/staircase-esque patterns. Not available stateside, but definitely available in brick-and-mortar stores en España. More info here: Reebok Competition Tech Top.

Draw: Read up on all the happenings of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell at the tourney’s here.

(image via Getty Images)

k-swiss on monfils: sleeveless and in reverse

April 22, 2011

Gael Monfils became the latest addition to the roster of ATPers collaterally damaged by Rafa‘s domination on clay. The break-dancing Frenchman lost his quarterfinal match at the Barcelona Open to the World No. 1 — falling 6-2, 6-2 in 75 minutes. We’re assuming that Nadal’ll have no problem beating Ivan Dodig in the semis, but keep in mind that the Croat did upset seeds Soderling and Raonic before taking out Feli Lopez 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in the quarters. The other semi will feature Ferrer vs. Almagro.

Leave it to the pros: Gael’s the only one in the K-Swiss camp wearing the sleeveless version (and in reversed colorways) of the spring ’11 Fading Stripe series, which feature a print of morphing dots across the chest of tees and polos. We’ve seen Sam Querrey wear the black/white version and the blue and purple (our fave) on Mardy Fish. Buy: K-Swiss at Tennis Express.

(image via Getty Images)

30 days of lacoste

April 22, 2011

Totes an advertorial over at the Men’s Health website, but still: if you’re a dude in need of some ideas on how to mix and match your wardrobe staples (do you even know what they are?), browse through Lacoste‘s guide for taking 15 key pieces and turning them into 30 looks — even for the weekends.

Browse: 30 Days of Lacoste.

(screengrab via menshealth.com)

fred perry x stussy deluxe blank canvas collection

April 22, 2011

White, blood red, and black are the colors used in the spring/summer 2011 collaboration between Stussy Deluxe and Fred Perry, which produced an array of shirts, accessories, and footwear as part of FP’s Blank Canvas line. The shirts and polos have jersey numbers on the back, referencing the years that the brands were founded (“Perry 52,” “Stussy 80″). Our fave’s this spacious holdall, shown above.

Browse: See all the goods at Hypebeast and buy ‘em here. The shoes can only be purchased at FP’s Laurel Wreath Collection shops until the end of May 2011.

(image via Hypebeast)


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